DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines teacher has given his father's old vehicle to a student from Africa to help her get a good start in college. Anyesi Kamanda's parents died when she was a toddler. She lived for a time with an aunt and uncle in Malawi, and she's been living in Des Moines with her older sister while attending Roosevelt High. Teacher Brandon Hope told The Des Moines Register that he thought the vehicle would give Kamanda "a break" as she starts classes at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - A judge has ordered the release of four dogs in Jasper County, saying the county's ordinance regarding vicious animals is unconstitutional. The Des Moines Register reports that the case began in August 2016 and that Judge Martha Mertz had previously upheld the ordinance. But she wrote in Monday's ruling that an April decision by the Iowa Appeals Court caused her to reconsider her previous ruling.

LA PORTE CITY, Iowa (AP) - A police chief says investigators have recovered human remains believed to be those of a 16-year-old autistic boy who vanished from his small Iowa hometown in April. Jake Wilson's disappearance had prompted a search involving the FBI, state and local police officers and hundreds of volunteers in La Porte City, a town of 2,300 in northeastern Iowa. A police chief says the remains were discovered this week by kayakers.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The economy is expected to continue growing slowly in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, but the ongoing trade disputes remain a concern. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says grain prices have fallen even lower since the trade disputes erupted.

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